Merle Walter, age 80 of Buffalo Lake, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012, at the Buffalo Lake Health Care Center. Funeral Service will be Monday, January 16, 2012, at 10:00 AM at Zion United Methodist Church in Buffalo Lake with interment at the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector on Sunday, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Further visitation will be at the church on Monday one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel of Hector.